Merry Christmas 2015

Christmas begins today and lasts through January 5. Keep your tree up, your lights lit, your candles burning, the magi approaching the manger…. Celebrate. “For unto us a child is born…and his name shall be called...

CountUp/CountDown–Another Advent Paradox

Advent for me has been both a countup and a countdown to Christmas. Countup: My two Advent calendars are a colorful accumulation of prayers and ponderings. On one I started out with 26 blank trees and prayed for someone each day with doodles and color. The other...

Second-Week-of-Advent Calendars 2015

Advent gives me the chance to reencounter the lush, dynamic vocabulary of the Christian tradition. The words on my round-sticker calendar are like old friends who are familiar yet always new. Like words in Scripture they are not stagnant. They reveal something new...

Advent Scorn and Cuteness

I detest the word “cute.” ¬†Maybe it’s because that word has been used on me more than a few times. When I was a kid “cute” had the politically incorrect definition of “short, fat, and bow-legged.” I was probably at least two...